Archive for November, 2010

It’s Gonna Get Interesting!

Sunday, November 28th, 2010
First off, I hope all out there had a memorable (for all the right reasons) Thanksgiving…and cases of food poisoning were kept to a minimum.  Watch those left-overs!  We want to keep all the readers we have.
Unless you’ve been living in a cave or in solitary confinement, you know Silly Season’s in full bloom.
First Austin Coil gives the Force organization a kiss-off then Ed McCulloch and John Medlin depart DSR.   
Where “Ace” will end up seems to be way up in the air, depending on what you read/who you talk with…from retirement to signing up with another team.  Medlin?  Don’t know nothin’.  And Austin?….well Austin is Austin.  He has always been full of surprises.  Once again, depending upon who’s bending your ear, where he’ll show up next. 
The one that tickles my curiosity most is him teaming up with a Arizona Nostalgia Nitro Funny Car team, his wife Lisa at the helm.  Can you imagine how interesting N/FC will get if that comes to pass?
And then there’s Cory Mac’s replacement.  Spencer Massey?  Steve Torrence?  Or? Only time will tell.
Speaking of Cory, one juicy tidbit is a NASCAR team owner (some say Truck, others Nationwide) backing The Mac Attack in T/F for ’11.
Totally off the subject…just curious, which would your rather see (hear, smell, feel) 18 “Big Show” Funny Cars competing for a 16 car show,
or 40 Nostalgia nitro F/Cs fighting it out for 16 or possibly 32 car field?
On that note, as Arnold said in Terminator:  “I’ll Be Back”….(insert thick Austrian accent here).
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Let ‘er Rip

Sunday, November 21st, 2010
Hello Faithful Drag Racer Supporters…
It’s time you’ve heard something from the new editor.
The 2010 racing season is fast drawing to a close…
It’s certainly ending with a bang rather than a whimper.
The California Hot Rod Reunion at Bakersfield was one of those “dude, you shoulda’ been there!” events.
It’s such a bitchin’ experience, on so many levels…kind of like the  Woodstock Music Festival on nitro.
You’re able to rub elbows with the people who literally created the Sport of Drag Racing….drivers, car owners, parts manufacturers…the
movers and shakers who got us to where we are today.  It’s the only place (event—happening) I know of where you have the opportunity
to do this.  Every body’s laid back, happy to take the time to talk with you.  If you’re into autograph collecting, the Hot Rod Reunion’s
THE PLACE to be.
This year there were a ton of “must see” faces, including Raymond Beadle and his entire Blue Max crew:  Crew Chief Dale Emery, “Waterbed
Fred” Miller and D. Gantt.  If you’re into race car construction, three of the greatest tin benders were in attendance:  Tom Hanna, Jim Hume and Steve Davis.  I’m an Okie, so it was a real treat to see Bob Creitz, who campaigned some of the strongest and most beautiful top fuel dragsters ever to come out of the southwest and  Top Fuel  ’67 & 68 World Champ Bennie “The Wizard” Osborn.
In addition to history making people, tons (literally) of history making race cars were in attendance…either restorations or recreations.
The Cacklefest portion of the event is getting out of control…in the most positive way!
In addition to the people and historical vehicles,  the race was truly a memory-maker.  37, yes drag fans you read right 37 double A nitro funny cars made a lap. When was the last time that many nitro floppers clogged the staging lanes?  One of our historians out there will have to answer than one.
Of course, the Top Fuel dragsters were also there in strength.
If you haven’t been…you are truly missing out!
Next up was the NHRA Vegas race.  It was memorable for what didn’t happen.  None of the Top Three Pro Categories were locked up, sending the Championship to Pomona.   Dixon didn’t win…and sadly (for me, anyway) Bobby Lagana, Jr. didn’t win T/F, after coming oh-so-close, losing to the Army in the final.  And he didn’t back into the finals either, taking out Millican, Dixon and Brown to get there.  I’ve been around the Laganas. for years, covering races and racing against them with “The Mongoo$e” .  They’re good people.
And the World Finals…Matt Hagan came oh so close…but the Old Pro  Force showed ‘em how to get it done…one more time.  Congrats John.
I was sitting next to “The Goo$e” during the race.  When Hagan and Tasca faced off in the first round, Goo$e was saying “stage, stage” and Hagan was sitting there, the motor getting hotter and hotter.  A few seconds later it was all over.  I wonder  if that extra time might have cost him the race….those engines have very short fuses.  It will be interesting to see how Funny Car plays out next season, especially in the light of Austin Coil leaving the Force Camp.
Well, I guess that’s enough for now.
I appreciate your time and your support of Drag Racer Magazine.
Pete